• Jul 22, 2009
Dodge Circuit EV concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

With all of the recent upheaval at Chrysler, it's no surprise that the fate of the very cool Dodge Circuit is not exactly certain. In May, Chrysler assured everyone that the program was not DOA, and Chrylser ENVI president Lou Rhodes recently said something similar to Car and Driver. Rhodes even gave C&D a few details about how the program is shaping up.

Chrysler's plan involves having the vehicle produced by Lotus in the UK (sounds familiar) and then shipped to the U.S. for the electric powertrain. Chrysler's sales target is 100,000 EVs in order to benefit from economies of scale for all the expensive EV bits. By selling that many vehicles, Chrysler's efforts could make the Circuit "tens of thousands" of dollars less than the somewhat similar Tesla Roadster. The Circuit is still likely to be Chrysler's first EV, and could start production next year.


Photos copyright ©2009 Sebastian Blanco / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Car and Driver via All Cars Electric]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      C'mon Dodge, you can do better! Challenger is such pleasure to look at (from outside)... But this is bleh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Basing a pointless electric car, relying mainly on fossil fuels, on a now defunct and out-of-date Lotus Europa seems like such a great idea don't you think?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea the Evora is pretty nice, but the as for the Europa I have not heard anything about it being dropped. I know they decided to drop the North American version because the 2L Turbo Ecotec (from Opel) didn't meet our emission standards.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? They've dropped it, and are now making the rather fabulous Evora.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, you are entirely right on that point (is that the first time anyone has ever said that on the internet?!). They are indeed still building it, I mistakenly thought they couldn't have 2 near-identically sized cars on the market for very similar prices! My bad, apparently Norfolk logic sees it a different way huh?!
        The Evora just keeps growing on me, and I know that when I see one on the road I may very well have a trouser accident!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler group doesn't need an EV, it needs a mid-size car, a compact car, a compact CUV and a midsize CUV. It also needs something for Jeep outside of the Wrangler and not another Compass or Commander.

      Like TRIP said, put the money elsewhere where a company that just came out of bankruptcy could maybe get a return on investment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So its gonna be a cheaper better looking Tesla roadster? I'm all for it..Whats the problem here with all the whining?? oh yeah forgot your damn if you do and damn if you don't lol....As for the price apparently the Volt which est at 40K is still too much money?? are you guys f-in kidding me?? you guys expecting to pay Hyundai Accent money for such advance cars??? IF you can't afford stop whining and wait for the rich to buy enough of these to bring the technology cheaper to be able to be afford by the common folks but don't b*tch and whine cuz you can't afford it...Just like flat screen plasma TV I remember when they came out they used to cost 14k now they are running for 600 a pop...IT will eventually get cheaper but you have to put it out there and let the people that can afford it buy it, till it becomes cheaper for everyone...

      I'm all for giving Tesla a run for their over priced roadster....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it is perfect .. well not perfect but I'd be in line to buy one. And yes i mean all Electric (wish: all electric fisker karma)... and 60k is fine .. though 50k would be a bit nicer.

      -sun
      • 5 Years Ago
      you guys realize that the 100 000 sales goal includes not only the circuit, but the town and country ev, the wrangler ev, and the patriot ev
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler is just wasting OUR MONEY with this BS. There isn't much of a market for a 2-door EV sports car. They should focus on volume where they (WE) can make our money back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously Greg, XGM is right. Chrysler is an excellent investment compared to many of the money pits the government throws IT'S (not our) money into. At least the auto bailout was only in the billions and has not cost thousands of lives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do people take such a big issue with this ? Do you realize that about $1,450 billion is spent on your military ? You should look where your country spends its money, because with some quick looking around I am seeing pretty ridiculous stuff they get away with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler still doesn't how is this going to save the company? They should focus their efforts on mid sized hybrid not on cars such as this, trying to draw people into showroom when they having nothing really to sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the Elise has now spanned four cars:

      Vauxhall VX220
      Opel Speedster
      Tesla
      Dodge Circuit

      Not bad for a highly focused diminuitive 2 seat sportscar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to check out one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler's sales target is 100,000 EVs ...

      They must be smoking some of that "loan" money....
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